Welcome to new Sponsors, 4C Associates – Procurement Consultancy and Managed Services Experts

We’re delighted to announce that 4C Associates have joined us as a sponsor for the next six months (and maybe longer, who knows)? Founded by current CEO Ed Ainsworth, 4C are a well established procurement consulting and managed services firm, with a 13-year track record across many different industry sectors.

Headquarters are in London, and there is also a Brussels office – indeed, last year the firm won the Golden Bridge Export Award for achievements in exporting to Belgium and Luxembourg. Their experience also stretches further into many European countries and beyond.

The business model and offering to clients really spans the service provision space from what we might call ‘pure’ consulting (including advice on procurement strategy, cost reduction or process change) through to something that looks more like outsourcing. So for example, the firm has run certain spend categories over significant periods for some clients, or even provided an entire procurement team in certain situations for a client.

4C also co-hosts and organises the Food & Drink Industry Procurement Forum, which meets regularly to spread research and best practice in the procurement and supply chain space amongst senior practitioners in those industries. (The final meeting for 2014 is taking place on December 4th).

Their team includes people with some significant industry and category specific expertise, spanning quite a depth and breadth of experience. Indeed, one of their senior category specialists worked for me some years ago and is probably the most effective person in that critical spend category I’ve ever worked with (no names, don’t want to embarrass anyone)!

So we’re pleased to say that 4C will be providing regular guest articles for us here at Spend Matters over the next months, drawing on their deep category and industry knowledge. We look forward to the first shortly. And, as you can see from the banner at the top right of this page, they are also recruiting! Do click on the advert and take a look at the roles that are on offer, which range from graduates to senior category managers and consultants.

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